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U worries about freeze

ST. PAUL — The University of Minnesota president says a House Republican budget proposal endangers extending a tuition freeze.

“Our top priority this (legislative) session has been tuition affordability for our students and their families,” President Eric Kaler said, “In order to accomplish that shared goal, we need strong partnership from the Legislature. Funding is limited, but I will continue to advocate strongly for University of Minnesota students and their families.”

House Republicans announced a budget outline on Tuesday, saying their higher education proposal could fund a tuition freeze at the U or the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system, but not both.

Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton includes funds for both systems to keep tuitions static. Democrats who control the Senate plan to announce their budget outline Friday.

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